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9 July 2021
Question for written answer  E-003511/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Charlie Weimers (ECR), Jessica Stegrud (ECR), Peter Kofod (ID), Laura Huhtasaari (ID), Rob Rooken (ECR), Emmanouil Fragkos (ECR), Hermann Tertsch (ECR), Nicolas Bay (ID), Jaak Madison (ID), Guido Reil (ID), Nicolaus Fest (ID), Tom Vandendriessche (ID), Angel Dzhambazki (ECR), Andrey Slabakov (ECR), Gunnar Beck (ID), Sylvia Limmer (ID), Catherine Griset (ID), Ivan Vilibor Sinčić (NI), Janina Ochojska (PPE), Ivan Štefanec (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Clarification regarding a Commission statement that border walls cannot prevent asylum seekers from accessing EU territory

In its answer to Written Question E-000762/2020 concerning a ‘floating wall’ to keep refugees and migrants out, the Commission stated that ‘barriers at the external border, including floating ones, are not contrary to EC law, but they must not prevent access to the asylum procedure for those who may be in need of international protection’(1).

Can the Commission clarify and substantiate its statement that border walls at the external border cannot ‘prevent access’ to EU territory, which seems contrary to the very purpose of a border barrier or wall?

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